So. Two weeks ago I got to see this girl in person, and yesterday I got to get in a replica and talk to Jeff Budnick, the picture car coordinator for the show. He also did a panel at RCCC. I wanted to share some cool stuff I learned.
-There are eight Impalas owned by the show. Jeff owns a few more of his own though (he owns about 150 cars that are used on a variety of shows in Vancouver).
-There are three Hero cars. Only Hero 1 has the Big Block engine that was put in during Baby’s break in season 7. You can hear that car coming blocks away. The pictures above are of Hero 2 which I think has been in the most episodes.
-There are three stunt cars. Stunt 3 has steel plates on the bottom to prevent damage to the undercarriage on roughy terrain. That was also the car they dropped into the bunker from pretty high.
-Hero 1 weighs about…4,700 pounds.
- There is also a car they can take apart (like for the overhead shot in “Baby”$ and the wrecked one from the season 1 finale.
-There are always two Babys on set in case there’s an issue with one. They travel in the big black trailer that you can see in the first few pics. The days I was there they used hero 1 and so we got to say hi to hero 2 while she was on standby.
-Baby had big speakers in the rear! But on hero 1 they are actually heat vents that help clear the rear window to shoot through.
-The person responsible for the most damage to the car is Jared. There actually not much leg room in these cars so Jared puts his feet on the dash and breaks vents. They also go through about 20 steering wheel caps a season because people, especially Jared mess with them. Jared is…not the preferred driver and has run Baby into a few fences etc. Jim Michaels dress giving him the keys according to Jeff. On the other hand Jeff said Jensen Could be a stunt driver. They also had to remove the hydraulics from the Pimpmobile cause Jared broke them.
-Production calls the continental the Pimpmobile just like us. There are now two of them and they live with the other impalas and Bobby’s Chevelle.
-The monster truck for Route 666 was custome built from a pre-existing truck in less that 4 days.
-After the EW cover shoot the hood of hero 1 had to be repainted cause they boys scratched her up!
-Baby is gonna take some damage early this season and be “broadsided” but she’ll make it through.
ADDED! The impala in the pilot was used as a police car in another show which is why it had the spot lights. Kim Manner hated how the spot lights messed up shots so he took them off at a certain point. The pilot impala is still one of the stunt cars.
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Engine start up of the SR-71 and A-12 aircraft was unconventional. The aircraft required a start cart, which connects to the underside of each nacelle via drive shaft. This particular start cart housed two Buick V-8 engines. Later, Chevy Big-Block engines were used in the carts. Though the SR-71 and A-12 used the proprietary JP7 fuel, the start cart was powered by common Aviation Gasoline (AVGAS).
When both V-8 engines in the start cart throttled up, it sounded like a drag race, then the sound of the jet engine would add to the noise, all reverberating off the walls of the hangar. The engines were started one at a time. Each mission alternated between starting the left or right engines first to balance any wear and tear.
Once the start cart was running at full speed, the pilot would inject Triethylborane (TEB) into the fuel mixture, a compound which explodes when it touches air. The SR-71 and A-12 had 16 measured shots of TEB per flight, per engine. One shot of TEB was consumed every time you started an engine, and every time you lit the afterburner. The pilot kept track of how many remaining shots of TEB via a small counter aft of each throttle.